Lepanthes helgae Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Side View of Flower

Photo by Doug Goldman and the J & L Orchid Website


Common Name Helga's Lepanthes [Mrs Koniger German along with her husband co-discovered the species]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7 microscopically ciliate-scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a slender, loose, 1.4 to 2.6" [3.5 to 6.5 cm] long, including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, succcessively few flowered inflorescence.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;

Checked Luer OK